Lessons Learned from Long-Term Grieving

In 1979, my mother lost her eight-year-long battle with lymphoma at the age of 43, leaving me, a shy and sensitive 9-year-old, reeling, grief-stricken, angry, and suddenly living in a confusing new reality.  Fast forward 43 years to today (11/2), the anniversary of her death–she has been deceased about as long as she had been alive. BothContinue reading “Lessons Learned from Long-Term Grieving”

How Can Parents Keep Teens Out of the Hospital and Safe?

First, it’s essential to leave the hospital with a plan. If there is no treatment or plan in place, then the next time the child expresses suicidal ideation or urges to self-harm, caregivers panic and are forced to bring the child right back to the ER. As a result, treatment only happens during crises, andContinue reading “How Can Parents Keep Teens Out of the Hospital and Safe?”

Hyperfixation and ADHD

In the world of ADHD, this state has been described as Hyperfocus.   Some refer to it as being ‘in the zone,’ or ‘completely engaged.’  We are doing something at the exclusion of everything else, Hyperfixation is different.  It’s not just in that moment, but obsessed with something.  If it’s something healthy or at least harmless, great. ButContinue reading “Hyperfixation and ADHD”

How Can Nature Benefit My Mental Health?

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can: • improve your mood • reduce feelings of anger and stress •Continue reading “How Can Nature Benefit My Mental Health?”

How to Boost Your Mental Health

Anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health problems—and over a lifetime most of us will. This year alone, about one in five of us will suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Yet, despite how common mental health problems are, many of us make no effort to improve our situation. We ignore the emotional messagesContinue reading “How to Boost Your Mental Health”

Why People Hurt Themselves

Individuals who self-injure may feel that doing so helps release pent-up feelings of anxiety, anger, or sadness. But evidence finds that over time, those raw emotions—along with additional feelings of guilt and shame—will continue to be present, and may even worsen. In addition, self-harm can be dangerous in itself, even if the individual has no wish to cause themselves significantContinue reading “Why People Hurt Themselves”